Karns bowler leads local girls into state individual tourney

Lady Hornets to face Dickson County

By Steve Williams

Karns High’s Abigail Dalton posted the top Division I girls’ individual qualifying score among Knox County bowlers this season and will compete Wednesday in the TSSAA State Bowling Championships at Smyrna.

The Lady Beavers’ senior had a 983 total score in her six games in the qualifying round.

Others who will be competing in the girls’ Division I individual competition are Carter seniors Kayla Rucker (959) and Gracie Miller (941) and Gibbs junior Malyiah Smith (919).

In Division II girls, freshman Madeline Scott of The King’s Academy qualified with a 832 score and Catholic senior Lauren Prince with a 797.

The lone qualifier among local boys was TKA senior Brody Blazier with a 984.

In team competition, the unbeaten Carter girls (21-0) will carry the Knox County banner at the state and face Dickson County (21-1) in the first round Thursday at 12:30.

Coach Ray Wynn’s Lady Hornets will be making their third straight appearance at the state, which runs through Friday’s finals at the 52-lane Smyrna Bowling Center.

The TSSAA state bowling tournament was originally scheduled to be held last week, but due to the weather conditions statewide it had to be postponed.


Mullins, Hardin Valley AD, is retiring

Hardin Valley Academy Athletic Director Mike Mullins announced Friday that he is retiring, effective today (Jan. 22).

The longtime AD worked for 15 years at Oak Ridge and the past two years at Hardin Valley. He has been involved in high school athletics for 37 years.

Mullins graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in 1986 and started his teaching and coaching career at Powell Valley High, his alma mater. He joined the Oak Ridge football coaching staff in 1989.

Mullins was named the TSSAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2009-10 – the first year that award was given.

Hardin Valley currently has an opening for a head football coach and its baseball head coach is on paid leave.


Fulton still No. 1 in AP rankings

Fulton, which lost 69-67 to Austin-East in its last game on Jan. 13, remains No. 1 in The Associated Press boys basketball state poll as of Jan. 16. Coach Jody Wright’s Falcons are 18-2.

In Class 4A, Bartlett (18-2) is on top, with Bearden (18-4) at No. 7 and Powell (16-2) at No. 8.

In Class 2A, Douglass (20-0) owns the top spot, with Gatlinburg-Pittman No. 2, Kingston No. 3 and Austin-East (15-6) No. 5. The Roadrunners did get one first-place vote in last week’s poll.

Class 1A has Santa Fe No. 1 and Harriman No. 2. Both teams are 16-1.

In the Division II-AA rankings, Pope John Paul II is No. 1 and Knoxville Webb No. 6. In Division II-A, Silverdale Baptist Academy (20-1) is leading the way.

In the AP girls rankings, Knoxville Catholic is No. 1 in Division II-AA with a 16-3 record. Webb is No. 7.

In Division II-A, The King’s Academy is No. 4 and follows No. 1 Providence Christian.

In Division I Class 4A, Bradley Central is on top with a 16-1 record. Bearden (18-1) is No. 2 and Campbell County No. 8.

Upperman is No. 1 in Class 3A, with Heritage No. 3, Northview Academy No. 7 and Clinton No. 9.

McMinn Central is No. 1 in Class 2A and G-P is close behind at No. 2.

The Wayne County girls lead the way in Class 1A. The Sunbright Lady Tigers (14-2) are No. 6.


Farragut versus HVA game rescheduled

The Hardin Valley at Farragut basketball games have been rescheduled for Wednesday (Jan. 24).

Farragut’s home games against Greeneville on Saturday (Jan. 27) have been cancelled.


Cleveland on top in wrestling poll

The Top 5 remain the same this week in the state wrestling poll.

Cleveland is on top, followed by Baylor, Summit, Nolensville and Brentwood.

The Halls boys are ranked No. 16.